Spend an afternoon at Coolangatta, the first European settlement on the South Coast, now an historic precinct with fascinating remnants of the original convict-built village surrounded by landscaped grounds, sprawling vineyards and a delightful country restaurant. Find out about the seasonal produce dinners which offer a taste of the Shoalhaven's best produce.
About Shoalhaven Heads
Shoalhaven Heads is a tranquil beach resort town in an idyllic location where the Shoalhaven River flows into the ocean. The meeting of river and sea provides it with a wide array of water sports such as fishing, surfing and boating. You can even go for a leisurely river cruise.
Shoalhaven Heads is an excellent base from which to explore the local area. Take a long hike along Seven Mile Beach where you'll pass beach fishermen, families playing on the sand and kids flying kites. The beach is part of Seven Mile Beach National Park and has several good picnic spots, walkway and viewing platform.
The Shoalhaven wine region now has 18 vineyards and 16 cellar doors as well as a thriving food scene. The largest estate wineries, Coolangatta Estate and The Silos, are just a short drive from Shoalhaven Heads. Two Figs Winery is a boutique winery and vineyard located overlooking lush green fields and the Shoalhaven River.
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The Shoalhaven region is a fantastic spot to engage in some whale watching. You can't beat the views at the Cape St George Lighthouse site or on the cliffs at Point Perpendicular Lighthouse.
The Shoalhaven region is a fisherman's paradise with a wide range of excellent fishing locations to choose from. You'll find every type of fishing on offer from freshwater dams to open ocean game fishing.
Accommodation options abound in Shoalhaven. Choose from a wide variety of coastal campsites, self-contained beach houses offering beachfront views, cosy bed and breakfasts, as well as quaint cabins and cottages.
Shoalhaven Whale watching map
Couple on a Dolphin Watch Cruise, Husskisson, Shoalhaven, South Coast. Image: Destination NSW; Credit: Hamilton Lund